King Ecgbert School began this academic year with a Vulnerable Learners’ Strategy in place. Headteacher Paul Haigh describes what this looks like, what its purpose is, and how it works in practice...

King Ecgbert School in Sheffield is a proudly comprehensive large 11 to 18 secondary school at the heart of the Mercia Learning Trust.

It is comprehensive in the genuinely inclusive sense. But meeting the needs of a cohort that includes all sorts of different learners is both our proudest feature and our biggest challenge.

In September we introduced a new strategy – a Vulnerable Learners’ Strategy – to try to ensure that the needs of children who face multiple barriers to learning traditionally addressed by different staff in different areas of school could be better met by bringing everyone together into one strategic group.

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